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May 15 and 16 Screenings: When Liberty Burns

May 13, 2021 - May 14, 2021

About This Event

The documentary, “When Liberty Burns” highlights the life and death of Arthur L. McDuffie. On December 17th, 1979, after failing to stop for a traffic light, police officers gave chase. After realizing he could not escape, McDuffie surrendered. He was beaten until he lost consciousness. That beating by multiple officers caused his death. Acquittal of the offending officers, charged in the murder sparked a civil disturbance in Miami’s urban core. The “McDuffie Riots” ultimately changed Miami-Dade County and became a symbol of the city’s struggle to contend with race relations and it’s sordid history during the Jim Crow era. The documentary engages family members and friends of Arthur McDuffie, lead detectives, eye witnesses, historians and contemporary community activists in interviews and it chronicles McDuffie’s life and his rich relationships with his family and his community. “When Liberty Burns” also examines the context in which Miami developed during this country’s Jim Crow era and traces the dynamics of race relations in the City while also managing increasingly diverse ethnic populations, growth and change. May 25, 2021 will mark one year since George Floyd was killed while in police custody. Remembering Arthur L. McDuffie, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Daunte Wright and countless others. #saytheirnames


Who Should Attend

The Screening is free and open to the public. While there is no ticket cost, you will need to register to reserve your spot due to limited seating. Be sure to join us from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Community ACCESS Event taking place on the Plaza of the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater prior to the screening. There will be food vendors, access to health screenings, etc. at no cost to those that attend.

For more information, please contact the FIU Foundation, Inc. Office of Inclusive Philanthropy at 305-348-3004.

Tickets are required and free. Capacity is limited.

Facemasks are required to be worn at all times.

Sponsored by:

FIU, Foundation, Inc.

Southeast Overtown / Park West Community Redevelopment Agency

Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South FL, Inc.


Supported by:

Green Family Foundation Trust, FIU Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab, National Endowment for the Humanities, FIU Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/fiu-black-archives-33153308943



May 13, 2021
May 14, 2021